Biography of Charles Morse
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Charles Henry Morse was born in Somerville, Mass., June 17, 1830, and came to Bath when a child, with his parents, where he has since resided. He commenced life by learning the trade of ship joiner, at which he worked six years. He then began running on steamboats on the Kennebec, soon taking command. In 1862 he was placed in command of a government steamer, built at Wiscasset, and took her to service in Southern waters, where she was employed during the war as a transport of men and supplies. On one occasion this boat did invaluable service in saving Washington from a raid of General Early, when its defenses were weak, by being the only boat on the Potomac, of sufficient light draft, to bring to the city a detachment sent to head off the enemy, the Union army being then (1864) before Richmond. Returning from the war, Captain Morse commanded steamboats on the Kennebec until 1885, when he became superintendent of the Knickerbocker Steamboat Company, holding the position to the present time.

From:
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
1607-1894
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894


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